29. Leicester (13) Knighton Village, St Mary Magdalen Church and Knighton Park
Scenes from the English 'MIDLANDS'
The Lych Gate (erected in 1877) of St Mary's Church, at the bottom of Church Lane, Knighton in Leicester City Diocese.
The ancient medieval village of Knighton now forms a suburb of the city of Leicester. Knighton was mentioned in the Domesday Book Survey of 1086 as the hamlet of Cnitetone and church possibly existed from these times.
The village of Knighton is a conservation area and Church Lane runs down through it.
The Church of St Mary Magdalen
St Mary Magdalene Church, Knighton, Leicester: From the south-west, set in a large graveyard, St Mary's Church, Knighton. In the past St Mary's Church was a chapel-of-ease of St Margaret's Church in the centre of Leicester. Earliest accounts of the church date from 1622 "a faire Chapell with an high spire Steeple" according to William Burton an early 17th century writer. The church has a west tower (left), a wide and lofty nave (middle) with a chancel & sanctuary, north aisle and a south aisle (on the right).
St Mary Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester: The east end of the north aisle, once the original nave and chancel of the 13th century church. St Mary's Church was much restored by E. Christian in 1894. The west tower dates from the late 13th century.
St Mary Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester: St Mary's viewed from the south-east with the reconstructed south aisle on the left.
St Mary Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester: The relatively new west entrance between the tower and the north aisle.
St Mary Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester: The buttresses of the north wall of the north aisle, albeit with repairs and restoration, date from the 13th century.
St Mary Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester: The recessed spire with two tiers of lucarnes in alternating directions, added in the 15thcentury, is set in the top of the tower.
St Mary Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester: High up on the left of the east side of the tower is a trefoil Perpendicular niche containing a medieval statue of Mary Magdalen, the patron saint of the church. This statue is a rare medieval survival, probably due to its high and inaccessible position from the potential ravages of Puritans in the Reformation and Civil War periods of English history. The tower dates from the late 13th century below heightened Perpendicular Battlements and pinnacles. Apart from the tower, little of the original medieval stonework survives as built. The tower is actually of three stages - two lower ashlar sandstone courses of the Decorated style of architecture from the late 13th century, the third is a Perpendicular 14th century layer of limestone with battlements and pinnacles and soon after the slender octagonal spire with its narrow windows (lucarnes)
St Mary Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester: Some fine decoration at the top of the upper 2nd sandstone tier of the west tower.
St Mary Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester: Looking down the /new' nave to the 'new' chancel and altar. Its a lovely light and spacious church in which to hold Sunday services or any other day!
St Mary Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester: The 14th century medieval pillars of the north aisle arcades of the Perpendicular style with a little floral decoration on the capitals. In about 1350 the church was enlarged by the erection of new nave of four bays in the perpendicular style of architecture and the stonework is retained in the Victorian rebuilding of 1894.
St Mary Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester: The columns-arcade arches of the new south aisle. Between 1960 and 1962 there was major rebuilding of south side of the church. The south wall was moved further south and a much larger nave and chancel constructed (see two pictures up!).
St Mary Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester: The Lady Chapel and stained glass window at the east end of the north aisle which was the old nave. The aisle roof is supposed to be the original oak beams of the 14th or 15th century.
St Mary Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester: Some of the stained glass in the west end of the north aisle. This glass dates from 1920 and depicts the creation of the world (an angel bearing a sphere) and creation of man (an angel carrying a baby).
St Mary Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester: The 14th century medieval sedilia (stone seats where the officiating clergy sat, cushions now provided!) in the sanctuary of the new modern chancel. They have small heads carved on them at the bases of the pointed arches.
St Mary Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester: The carving of a smiling medieval woman wearing a wimple (whimple) is medieval.
St Mary Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester: The plain circular old 13th century medieval font of St Mary's Church is the oldest object in the church.
St Mary Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester: Headstones! The dark Swithland slate gravestones of the 18th century contrast sharply with the later white marble tombstones of the Noon family.
Other buildings in Knighton
The picturesque timber-framed and brick thatched cottage across Church Lane from the church lych gate dates from the 17th century.
Through the grounds and trees stands Knighton Hall. The house, architecturally, is partly Queen Anne, 18th century additions such as the bow-porch on Tuscan columns.
Everards pub "The Cradock Arms" at the top of Knighton Village (originally called the Bull's Head') was the original old village inn.
I like the thatched fox chasing the thatched rabbit on the thatched roof of the Cradock Arms.
Knighton Park: What a delightful surprise to find this lovely park across the busy ring road after walking up through the pleasant housing of the 'suburbs' of Knighton Village from the Parish Church
Knighton Park: A nice place for a 'pushchair' walk
Knighton Park: The heath garden
Knighton Park: The Heath Garden
Knighton Park: The Heath Garden
Knighton Park: A popular place for walking the dog.
Knighton Park: Grey squirrel - nice wildlife shot BUT officially vermin!
Knighton Park: A nice safe children's playground - lots of fun for the kids in the play area!
Knighton Park: The play area is great for toddlers
Knighton Park: The outdoor gym - adults only? doesn't looks as much fun as the kids playground!
Knighton Park: The central area with its safe paths to push the buggy along
The Sensory Garden
Index of LEICESTER pages De Montfort Hall, Victoria Park, War Memorials, Temples & 'domestic' buildings * Castle Yard, Castle House, external architecture of St Mary de Castro Church * Interior of St Mary de Castro Church * Newarke Houses Museum & Turret Gateway * Jain Centre, Magazine Gatehouse, Castle Park-Gardens, Grand Union Canal Bridge * St Martin's Cathedral Church * Medieval Guildhall * Wygston's House, St Margaret's Church & two Victorian Gothic Revival Churches * Jewry Wall, Roman Baths, Museum & St Nicholas Church * All Saints Church , Great Central & Leicester Railway Stations, Thomas Cook statue * New Walk and Sculptures * Holy Cross Church * Museum & Art Gallery * Clock Tower, Sporting sculpture, Leicester Market, Town Hall, Highcross Shops * Area around Orton square, East St Martins & Free Grammar School * National Space Centre & Abbey Pumping Station Museum * Knighton Village * Great Central Railway * The Leicester King Richard III trail! *
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